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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jan 14, 2014 9:30pm
Forum: texts Subject: Aaron Swartz = User tpb?

This says "Aaron Swartz collected 900,000 public domain books on Google’s site; we’re currently adding more."

Is Aaron Swartz = user tpb, whose listed in most Google Books as the uploader?

Stephen

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgarthus1 Date: Jan 16, 2014 10:49am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Aaron Swartz = User tpb?

Stbalbach,

Several comments; something which is missing from this article are the thousands of volunteers who are scanning and placing materials into the archive. It is nice to have libraries and government entities funding things; but real sacrifice is made by those who are using their own resources to digitize and upload materials.

Concerning 'tpb', those uploads were great and they are a useful addition to the Archive; however, uploading materials is quite easy; I could upload hundreds if not thousands of items daily if I wanted to. The scanning, recording, and digitization of the works is a much more labor intensive process though and at least I find it more interesting. I think some of the more interesting materials have been placed up by individuals, in particular the Creative Commons Licensed items. I find it interesting that the Archive has concentrated almost exclusively on paid staff to do administrative work, when there are I am sure many individuals who would be willing to give their time in a volunteer capacity. For me, there is literally no difference between volunteering to do something for free or, in getting paid to do something and then donate that income to a worthy cause. I have asked several times in the past why volunteers were not allowed to work as staff, but no answer has ever been forthcoming. It is a little disconcerting to see acclaim being given to things being done with government or corporate money, but virtually no recognition of the significant grassroots assistance which is being provided to the Archive daily by literally thousands of individual volunteers.

Gerry

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jan 16, 2014 8:25pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Aaron Swartz = User tpb?

I wonder if "tpb" was chosen because of The Pirate Bay, the warez site, but who knows. Brewster reveals the Google Books caper in this video, starting around 5:00 .. mystery solved. Sounds like it was a group that included Swartz.

I think they have recognized the Community Texts/Audio/etc.. at times. Open Library was created to allow volunteers to edit metadata though I never use it personally for some reason (editing seems like dropping a pebble in the ocean). Brewster also posted some ideas how to help here.

Stephen

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Poster: tfmorris Date: Jan 18, 2014 11:15am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Aaron Swartz = User tpb?

That's an interesting account. I'd noticed that the PDF linking had changed from IA to Google and assumed it was some kind of accommodation to Google, but this was the first time I've heard it confirmed (immediately after Brewster says that Google had "no problem" with the botnet downloads). He also says that the libraries who owned the scanned volumes *did* have a problem with it.

Another thing I've noticed, which I suspect is also an accommodation to Google, is that their high quality OCR has been replaced with IA's ABBYY OCR.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Jan 17, 2014 2:04pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Aaron Swartz = User tpb?

https://archive.org/post/1009410/psa-from-aaron-swartz-and-the-internet-archive